Temple for Christchurch

100 Peterborough Street

Temple for Christchurch follows in the tradition of the Burning Man festival.  The Burning Man temple is built every year on site and invites participants of the festival to come and bring their own hurts, troubles and trauma to be expressed on the walls and then be burnt away on the last night.  Hippathy Valentine and his team are taking this concept and reimagining it here in Christchurch to allow people to process and release the emotions of the last few years of earthquakes.

LIVS role:

Site access, sponsor introduction, utilities connection


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The Temple for Chch is a chance for people to process and release emotions.

- Hippathy Valentine, Project Lead

About this project

The Temple for Christchurch is a large scale built artwork.  Artist Hippathy Valentine is chairman of the Temple for Christchurch Trust, a member of the International Arts Megacrew, and a native Cantabrian. Once completed, the public will be invited to explore the grounds, to pin thoughts and mementos to it, reflect, grieve, and find joy.  After being open to the public, the temple will be moved to a location outside of town and burned.

Hippathy took the reading of the movement in the up direction of the 22 February earthquake, cut it in half and turned the spikes into a series of conical shapes. These formed the middle of the structure, a line of ever changing conical piles of wood.  Coming out from this were wave-like walls, starting at a height similar to the central conical piles and following a wave pattern that is inspired by the velocity of the movement in the up direction. All of the timber used in the structure was sourced from recycled demolition wood.

Supported by:

Aurecon, Royal Wolf, Mitre 10 Mega Ferrymead, Burning Man Australia, Fahey Fence Hire, Ministry of Awesome, RGB Event Lighting and Decor, O'Neill Rentals, Rethreads, Black Rock Arts Foundation

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